Hollyfort - Wexford Guide and Directory, 1885

About “Wexford County Guide and Directory,” 1885

George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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  1. This online version of Bassett’s Wexford County Guide and Directory is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
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With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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ON a hill-side, six miles English, to the north-west of Gorey, is the village of Hollyfort. The population is under 100. It is situated on the river Bann, and has fairly good fishing. Lord Powerscourt is the landlord. The houses are slated, and the lands of the district fitted both for pasture and tillage. Gorey is the nearest railway station.

Rev. A. Conway, Rector (I.C.) Kilnahue

John Tunstead, Postmaster

Sergt. Birney, R.I.C.

Miss Bradley, Mistress Nat Schl.

Grocer, Flour, Provisions, and Spirits— Wm. Tunstead


Allen, Peter, Tomathone upper

Boland, Sylvester, Annagh long

Brislawn, James, Slievebawn

Buttle, John, Kilmichael hill

Buttle, William, Tinnashinna

Byrne, Andrew, Clonroe

Byrne, James, Clonroe,

Darcy, Michael, Annagh lower

Donnelly, Myles, Monaseed

Doyle, James, Monaseed

Dunn, John, Tomathone upper

Eagar, Wm., sen., Annagh central

Graham, Rd., Thomathone lower

Hara, Patrick, Annagh gap

Harrison, Thomas, Annagh mdle

Kinsella, Alexander, Foxcover

Kinsella, William, Kilmichael lr

Laurence, Thomas, Grove mill

M‘Donald, Daniel, Kilmichael up

Mordaunt George, Lyrane

Mulligan, James, Annagh hill

Murray, Christopher, Connahill

Oughton, Henry, Bolaney

Pierce, Roger, Clonroe lr

Purcell, Edward, Barrogue

Rickaby, John, Foxcover

Smith, James, Slievebawn

Toole, Mathew, Annagh middle

Webster, Charles, Grove great

Whitmore, John, Bannview

Woodburn, John, Annagh central

Wyatt, Arthur, Earlswood

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